The following country factsheets provide an overview of each country’s challenges, priorities and budget allocated to Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
In Bulgaria there are nine FLAGs, three inland and five at the Black Sea. The focus of CLLD is on diversifying activities; promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage; enhancing and capitalising on environmental assets.
Croatian FLAGs (currently 14) were selected for the first time in 2017 by the Ministry for Agriculture. Croatia’s objectives for the implementation of CLLD in fisheries include the sustainable economic development of coastal and island communities by adding value to fisheries-linked activities, and diversifying activities from other sectors.
The focus of CLLD in Cyprus is on creating new sources of income and new jobs; developing sustainable aquaculture; capitalising on opportunities provided by the blue economy; capitalising on the natural assets of the fisheries areas to improve their attractiveness as sustainable tourist destinations; and protecting the marine environment and biodiversity.
The Danish FLAG areas represent approximately 23% of the country’s surface area and 11% of the population. In the current programming period, CLLD in Denmark focuses on promoting economic growth, social inclusion and job creation, with a focus on projects that support the marketing of fisheries products and the diversification of fisheries businesses.
Fishing has always been an important economic and social activity in Estonia, in both coastal and inland areas. The main focus of CLLD is on increasing the value of local fisheries products – including through small-scale processing and marketing activities; supporting fishermen to diversify their activities; creating or restoring spawning grounds; and social welfare activities.
The 10 Finnish FLAGs focus on boosting and optimising activities throughout the entire value chain; promoting innovation across sectoral boundaries, creating new ways of thinking and doing business, while also ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources; and encouraging cooperation.
The 23 French FLAGs are seen as a tool to help the sector become more attractive, and to create economic opportunities through better investment conditions, better synergies among fisheries and aquaculture activities, increased added-value of fisheries and aquaculture products, and new ways of doing business.
Fishing has a strong tradition in the coastal regions and in some inland areas of Germany. CLLD in Germany aims to better take into account the multi-sectoral needs of fisheries areas (tourism, heritage, local products, etc.); to develop capacity and know-how; to simplify administrative procedures; and to promote networking with other regions and the sharing of information.
Fisheries and aquaculture have a strong socio-economic importance in Greek society. CLLD projects include activities to increase the added value of fisheries products; support for diversification; activities to enhance and capitalise on the environmental assets of fisheries areas; promoting social wellbeing and maritime cultural heritage in fisheries areas.
Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive waters in the EU. The seven Irish FLAGs aim to promote marine and eco-tourism by taking advantage of the local biodiversity and protected habitats. Additionally, they look to leverage synergies with national/local tourism initiatives and boost the business potential of the small-scale coastal fishing vessels.